PADI Business Academy- Outbound Chinese Tourism, Tawau: Last Chance for Early Bird Offer

This is your last chance to take advantage of the early bird offer for the PADI Business Academy- Outbound Chinese Tourism in Tawau on Wednesday 12th December 2018.

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Register your place before Wednesday 31st October 2018, to receive AUD $20 off the cost of your registration. Plus, with every third paid attendee, you will receive a fourth free. So get in quick and register your spot today!

Click Here To Register

This one day Business Academy will focus on topics such as:

  • What the Chinese Consumer is worth to your business
  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Social Media- WeChat, Weibo & Video Platforms
  • User Generated Content and it’s direct impact on business
  • Effective Instructor Development Opportunities
  • E-commerce and Online Travel Agents
  • Marketing tools and Chinese Services available to PADI Members

There will also be dedicated workshop time, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out!

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email Alison.Hush@padi.com.au

You can also view the rest of the upcoming Business Academies for 2018 here.

 

PADI Business Academy- Outbound Chinese Tourism, Koh Tao- Last Chance for Early Bird Offer

This is your last chance to take advantage of the early bird offer for the PADI Business Academy- Outbound Chinese Tourism in Koh Tao on Saturday 8th December 2018.

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Register your place before Saturday 27th October 2018, to receive AUD $20 off the cost of your registration. Plus, with every third paid attendee, you will receive a fourth free. So get in quick and register your spot today!

Click Here To Register

This one day Business Academy will focus on topics such as:

  • What the Chinese Consumer is worth to your business
  • Elements of a Successful Website
  • Social Media- WeChat, Weibo & Video Platforms
  • User Generated Content and it’s direct impact on business
  • Effective Instructor Development Opportunities
  • E-commerce and Online Travel Agents
  • Marketing tools and Chinese Services available to PADI Members

There will also be dedicated workshop time, where PADI staff will help you work on specific action plans for your dive operation.

The number of attendees is limited to ensure that the PADI Business Academy staff can really focus on you. Register today to make sure you don’t miss out.

For more information, please contact your PADI Regional Manager or email Brooke.McConnell@padi.com.au

You can also view the rest of the upcoming Business Academies for 2018 here.

 

A Force for Good: the Reachers and Teachers

The planet’s environmental health is the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced. Looking at the innovation, initiatives and social ground swell happening on all fronts, we know we can rise to the challenge through dedication, focus, tenacity and importantly, by working on hearts and minds as well as preservation and restoration. Involving kids – the coming generations who will inherit the Earth – is crucial for our future. Global conservation is making great strides, but a sustainable future demand that it becomes an ongoing mindset that expands and gets passed on.

And, it’s happening, thanks to divers who reach and teach youngsters to share a passion that goes beyond diving to protecting and restoring the underwater world. In Tahiti, the Moorea Coral Gardeners – a growing team of youngsters (and some not-so-youngsters) – freedives to replant coral to reverse damage to Moorea, Tahiti’s incredible reefs (still awesome, by the way). But, they go further, educating local youth about why all the world’s coral reefs are environmentally and economically important, and need preservation. The Gardeners started as a local youth coral restoration project and now, through social media, they touch lives everywhere with an age-spanning team of international professional athletes, actors, and media stars.

The U.S.-based Kids Sea Camp, founded by PADI Instructor Margo Peyton, involves youngsters starting at age 4 (snorkeling) at some of diving’s best and most popular south Pacific and Caribbean destinations. In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, at Kids Scuba Syed Abd Rahman is on a parallel mission, bringing new talent into diving’s ranks by uniting ocean and coral conservation with diver training. Both groups introduce youth to wonderous, eye-opening underwater adventures while embracing diving’s higher purpose as the underwater world’s ambassadors and protectors. Still other divers reach kids wherever they are; in Koh Tao, Guy Corsellis talks with kids at the Koh Tao International Primary School about marine life, how it behaves, why it’s important and how to be kind to the environment.

There are many examples like these, and there need to be more because through involvement, engagement and example, young divers learn that the ocean and coral reefs are not just awesome, but threatened. They learn why and, most importantly, what we can all do about it – and we’re talking about more than coral. Showing our youth the underwater world and coral reefs is the best place to start in building a global culture that lives harmoniously with the global environment. People who experience coral reefs come to care about them quickly – and because these are the world’s environmental barometers, it’s often where we see subtle changes first. People focused in preserving this fragile environment will take on the bigger environmental issues because almost all of them ultimately affect the coral reefs. In other words, to preserve and restore the coral, we really have to preserve and restore the world environment.

Let’s applaud the reachers and teachers who motivate young people to embrace the underwater world, but I challenge all of us to also be one of them. Share your diving experiences with the kids in your life – at schools, youth centers, clubs, neighborhood, home — anywhere you cross paths. Explain why the oceans, reefs and the creatures living there are special and important, and how choices like reusing and recycling make a difference. Offer to introduce them to a dive instructor if you’re not one yet, or teach them to dive if you are.

Then, watch their eyes light up when they see, hear and feel what you and I have come to love so much. It’s one of the most rewarding ways to contribute to a better future.

Dr. Drew Richardson
PADI President & CEO

 

Emerging Indian Market Bringing New Opportunities

Written by PADI Regional Training Consultant Robert Scammell

Starting from October 2018, GoAir India have opened two direct routes to Phuket from Delhi and Mumbai. GoAir will operate three direct flights per week between Mumbai and Phuket and two direct flights between Delhi and Phuket. This opens a new gateway for travelers to and from India, as previously the only option was to connect via Bangkok. These new flights will offer consumers a lot more convenience and opportunities in their travel.

Conversely, given Phuket’s tourism and ex-pat community this also opens new gateways for those wishing to explore India itself. India already plays host to approximately 120,000 Thai tourists a year (mostly Buddhist pilgrimages) providing a fantastic opportunity for PADI Dive Centers in India to attract foreign tourism. While other destinations such as Malaysia and Bali have been enjoying direct flights from India for some time.

As Industry professionals there are great opportunities with this emerging market, as many Indian nationals are traveling to South East Asia with a specific goal to experience Scuba Diving. India already has a growing outbound tourism diving market with many Indians completing referral training in Indian cities and traveling to South East Asia to complete training. Many businesses are already enjoying Indian nationals travelling to them to further their diver education whilst also experiencing a new destination.

Forecasters are already predicting the number of Indians holidaying abroad is likely to treble 2025 and may account for 40 per cent of the international air trips from the country, according to an aviation think-tank reports. In 2016, there were 21.9 million foreign departures from India, of which 4.8 million were leisure trips. According to reports, in 2025 there will be 13.9 million international leisure departures from India, accounting for 40.3 per cent of the total projected 34.5 million international departures.

Those who travel abroad are a mere 8 per cent of the high-income group population of 55 million, which is expected to exceed 100 million people by 2025, according to the report titled ‘Inflection point for India Outbound Leisure travel’. While in 2017 Thailand had 1,411,942 Indian visitors, a growth of 18.2% from 2016. While other destinations, such as Indonesia, have enjoyed a growth of 190% since 2016. Holiday makers from tier-2 cities in India are expected to play a key role in international travel with the size of high-income and upper-middle class income households growing faster there than in metropolitan areas. The expanding middle-income segment in India will see an increase in demand for domestic and international travel, according to reports.

Research indicates that the most popular leisure destinations for Indian travelers are Dubai, Thailand, France, Singapore and Malaysia. In fact, these five destinations alone accounted for just over 50 per cent of Indian leisure arrivals overseas in 2017. These holiday spots were followed by Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Indonesia (primarily Bali), the US and Switzerland. Millennials who are more adventurous than their predecessors are generally more inclined to spend money on travel rather than save and therefore, will drive the growth in outbound tourism, according to reports. This is also likely to change travel patterns as millennials start to travel with a group of friends or even solo rather than with their large family from India.

The growing India outbound tourism market is a big opportunity for the Scuba Diving Industry, especially in Asian countries, to attract a new customer base and forge links with a rapidly expanding market. As these new Gateways open there is great chance for the PADI Dive Centers to jump on board by building connections with an already established businesses in India. Through tools such as the PADI Travel affiliate program, you will be able to start attracting new customers and see the benefits from the emerging market that is India.

For more information on this market you can contact Robert Scammell, PADI Regional Training Consultant for India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – robert.scammell@padi.com.au.

PADI’s Pillars of Change- A Force for Good in Koh Tao, Thailand

Written by PADI Territory Director Tim Hunt 

At  PADI  we  are  committed  to  supporting  social  and  environmental  efforts  through  PADI’s Pillars of Change. It  is  something  you’ve  heard  us  talk  about  during  our  member  forums,  general updates  and Social  Media  channels  –  but  we  are  also  putting  these words  into  action.  Around  the  globe  our  field  staff  are  spreading  the  message  to  members  and  to  potential  PADI  divers,  as  our  community  continues  to  grow.  Here  is  a  quick  look  at  the  efforts  of  Regional  Manager  Neil  Richards  and  Regional  Training  Consultant  Guy  Corsellis,  who  are  both based  in  Koh  Tao,  Thailand.

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Marine Animal Protection  –  As  we all  know  a  healthy  ocean  is  vital  to  humanity. Therefore, PADI is taking steps to help divers become part of a positive solution to help impact and change our oceans. Guy and his son Iggy (PADI Divemaster Candidate) took this powerful message to the children from schools in their region, Koh Tao’s International Primary School and a local Thai Public School. After giving presentations to these children about the behavior of marine animals in their local underwater habitat, they were also able to provide some eco-friendly tips. By teaching and educating the children on how important our oceans, including the species within it, they will learn and help spread our message from an early age. We hope that as the future generation, they can influence change for generations to come.

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Ocean Health  – With over 200,000 identified species in the oceans and millions more to discover, protecting our marine life biodiversity is critical. PADI works closely with organisations that strive to help and protect our oceans in a multitude of ways.  As our key partner in the environment for 25 years, Project AWARE  is one such organisation that is committed to keeping the natural balance in our aquatic world.  Project AWARE’s Community Conservation Officer, Jack Fishman, visited  Thailand to spread the word on Project AWARE’s Dive Against Debris Specialty Course, helping PADI dive centres engage with their community and tackle marine debris head on. He gave valuable insight into the role scuba divers play in highlighting the extent of the marine debris problem. The Project AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty Course was also taught to a large number of divers. PADI continues to support the education of our community into the importance of sharks and keeping marine ecosystems in equilibrium.

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Healing and Wellness  – Becoming a diver is a life changing experience for a lot of people. It can drive career changes and provide transformations both mentally and physically. PADI’s Adaptive Techniques Specialty Course is a great example of this. It is a fantastic way for people to overcome adversity, illness or disability. Neil Richards and Guy Corsellis taught the specialty to the PADI Course Directors on Koh Tao to get them all motivated to support the transformation this speciality can bring. In a truly inspiring session, the PADI Course Directors showed great camaraderie as they worked together to develop different techniques to teaching. A course that was a real opener to some seasoned PADI professionals, will now become crucial to not only providing new divers the ability to fulfill their dreams, but also to inspire others along the way.

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People + Community  – Very few people give more to a community than its emergency teams, ready  to help in an instant and putting others needs ahead of their own. Neil and Guy decided to give a little back when they took some of the nurses from Koh Tao’s newly opened hospital out for some fun under the water, as part of PADI Women’s Dive Day. The six nurses were introduced to a whole new world during a PADI Discover Scuba Diving Introductory Experience. By supporting the training of local people to foster sustainability, PADI continues to educate and support local communities to cultivate the protection mindset necessary for ocean health and marine animal protection.

 

For more information about the PADI Pillars of Change, please visit our website here.

#PADI4Change

PADI Instructor Examinations for September 2018

Uljin, South Korea | 1/09/2018Hoi An, Vietnam | 8/09/2018

Cebu, Philippines | 12/09/2018

Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia | 12/09/2018

Pattaya, Thailand | 12/09/2018

Phuket, Thailand | 15/09/2018

Bohol, Philippines | 15/09/2018

Qingdao, China | 15/09/2018

Havelock Island, India | 16/09/2018

Koh Tao, Thailand | 18/09/2018

Puerto Galera, Philippines | 18/09/2018

Semporna, Malaysia | 21/09/2018

Xu Yi, China | 21/09/2018

Kunming, China | 21/09/2018

Perhentian, Malaysia | 24/09/2018

Amed, Indonesia | 26/09/2018

Lembongan, Indonesia | 26/09/2018

Bali, Indonesia  | 29/09/2018

Perth, Australia | 29/09/2018

AWARE Week Successes and Stories

Article by Tara Bradley

As AWARE Week wrapped up on 23 September, the amount of dive operators, instructors, and dive communities that participated in events throughout the world was impressive. From Project AWARE Specialty courses, to neighborhood barbecues to Dive Against Debris® events collecting over 22,000 pounds of trash, here’s how our fellow dive operators helped make AWARE Week a success.

United Arab Emirates: Divers Down UAE

Divers Down UAE collected over 110 pounds of marine debris during their Dive Against Debris event. As a way of creating shark awareness, they also conducted an AWARE Shark Conservation Specialty course for 14 of their PADI divers.

Thailand: Crystal Dive Koh Tao

The team at Crystal Dive Koh Tao spent the week conducting Dive Against Debris and AWARE Shark Conservation specialties. To finish off the event, they celebrated with a free barbecue night for all of the participants.

Curacao: Blue Bay on Curacao

A group of volunteers came together in Curacao for a beach clean-up at Hole 6. In addition to the two full boats of divers and snorkelers, participants signed up for the PADI Invasive Lion Fish Specialty Course to assist in catching the invasive species.

Australia: Dive Centre Manly

The group at Dive Centre Manly gathered 30 people for their “Blue Backyard Cleanup.” The majority of the items retrieved were plastic wrappers, single-use coffee cups, straws, cutlery, Styrofoam, and hundreds of unidentifiable pieces of plastic. As an added reward, the nearby Hawkesbury Brewing Co. gave the participants a very well-deserved free beer.

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Spain: Balky Sub

In Spain, Balky Sub’s group were on one of the area’s cleaner dive sites and still recovered more than 11 pounds of plastic in one day – mostly consisting of plastic bottles and bags. And since every day is AWARE Week for this team, they make an effort to pick up trash from the ocean and beach on a daily basis.

Philippines: Dive Funatics

Before they conducted their monthly Dive Against Debris event on 22 September, Dive Funatics, located in the Philippines held a peak performance buoyancy clinic to ensure all of their divers had a chance to polish up their buoyancy. To thank their divers, participants received a T-shirt in addition to a bracelet made of upcycled debris collected from their August Dive Against Debris event.

Jordan: Deep Blue Dive Center

Deep Blue Dive Center teamed up with the Tala Bay Resort team by hosting a Dive Against Debris at Tala Bay marina on 12 September. The result: The crew cleaned up over 140 pounds of waste in 20 bags. But they didn’t stop there. The following week, a group of 15 divers conducted another clean-up.

Bonaire: Dive Friends Bonaire

From 15-21 September, Dive Friends Bonaire organized a range of activities to fight ocean pollution. With seven locations and five house reefs on-island, the group worked to promote conservation with Dive Against Debris dives on every house reef.

Florida: Rainbow Reef Divers

Since Rainbow Reef divers host a Dive Against Debris event every month, they were quick to jump into action for AWARE Week. In September, their boat removed and recorded over 2,000 pounds of marine debris.

AWARE Week may be over, but there are countless ways to keep your local community involved all year long. Here’s How to Make Every Week AWARE Week.